Xuan Huong Lake
Xuan Huong Lake

Bao Dai Villas, Da Lat

Bao Dai Summer Villas I, II, III with lovely architectures and with quite some Vietnamese history to learn about. All the villas are just 1-2km around the city center.

 - Bao Dai Villa I (located on top of a hill at 1,550m above sea level, on Tran Quang Dieu Street, 4km east of the city center): used as the working office for Bao Dai when the French came back and re-established their control in Indochina in 1948. The Chief of State – Ba Dao acquired the real estate in August-1949 from a French Colonialist.

There was a secret tunnel to Bao Dai Villa II (4km away) with branches to different villas in the city. The tunnel had been made by the Japanese when they took the coup d’etat in Indochina overthrowing the French in Indochina. And they made the tunnel to capture the French colonialists living in those villas.

- Bao Dai Villa II (1,540m, Tran Hung Dao Street, 2km southheast the city center): Once it was the working office of the French General Governor of Indochina – Decoux during the summer (May-October). There were several secret tunnels from the cellar of the villa to the outside. The villa was used as the summer retreat for some of South Vietnam Presidents during the division of Vietnam in 1954-1975.

Dao Dai Villa II in Da Lat
Dao Dai Villa II in Da Lat

 

Bao Dai Villa II in Da Lat
Bao Dai Villa II in Da Lat

- Bao Dai Villa III also known as Bao Dai Summer Palace or Biet Dien Bao Dai (on top of a pine-forested hill at 1,539m above sea level, on Trieu Viet Vuong Street, 2km southwest of the city center) was built in 1933. The Villa is best preserved of all those villas in Da Lat and there are still artifacts left: King’s Seal, Letters of State,...

Dao Dai Villa III in Da Lat (Bao Dai Summer Palace)
Dao Dai Villa III in Da Lat (Bao Dai Summer Palace)

 

Bao Dai Summer Palace - Front Drive
Bao Dai Summer Palace - Front Drive

 

The Living Room
The Living Room

 

The Lobby
The Lobby

 

The Living Room
The Living Room

 

The Living Room
The Living Room

 

The Living Room
The Living Room

 

The Front Garden
The Front Garden